Why Low Net Carb?

Good carbs, bad carbs, high carbs, low carbs. All this carb stuff can be a little overwhelming, but Carbonaut is determined to help you sift through the information and land directly on what’s relevant to you and your good health.


Let’s launch.

If your goal is to live a low carb lifestyle, then it’s all about the net carbs, not total carbs. Too many carbohydrates can prevent your body from performing optimally and maintaining a healthy microbiome1. Since fiber is a carbohydrate your body can’t digest, it doesn’t count toward the amount of carbs it takes to keep your body in this optimal state.


The trick is to create something deliciously low carb that tastes exactly like the food you know and love—and this is where we come in! We can help you follow a low carb diet with our delicious, low carb products:


But first, let’s talk science and benefits.



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The Science and Benefits Behind Eating Low-Carb


Low carb does not have to equal low-taste or limited food choices. Low carb eating is a conscious and mindful way to create a stellar environment for which your body can do its best, and there are many scientifically proven, out-of-this-world benefits of eating low carb.


Here are 6:


  • Burn more fat: when you limit your net carbs, you also reduce your insulin and blood sugar levels. This switches your cells into fat burning mode. Fat is released from your tissues and burned as fuel to produce energy and ketones2.
  • Reclaim your energy: eating a high carb diet is like living on a blood sugar rollercoaster. By limiting carbs, you take control of the ride, and your cells have access to more stable energy3.
  • Say adios to cravings: low carb diets have been shown to reduce your hunger hormone. This keeps you feeling fuller for longer4. Total win!
  • Maintain a healthy body weight: low carb eating promotes healthy weight loss by keeping you feeling full while boosting your body’s ability to burn fat more efficiently5.
  • Reduce inflammation: high blood sugar levels cause inflammation in the body. Following a low carb diet can help lower your blood sugar levels, which in turn, can limit inflammation6.
  • Boost your brain power: your brain gets energy from sugar. But when you limit carbs, your brain starts using ketones for fuel, instead—and mental enhancements may follow7.


Now that you understand the why, let’s talk about the how.



How to Calculate Net Carbs


Remember: net carbs are the only carbs that matter, and there’s a simple calculation we can use to find out exactly what we’re putting into our bodies. Net carbs are the total carbs, minus the fiber. When looking at a nutrition label, simply find the total grams of carbohydrates and then subtract the fiber. (If there’s any sugar alcohols in the ingredients, you can subtract those, too.)


The number you are left with is your total net carbs—not exactly rocket science!


For example, Carbonaut hot dog buns have 15 grams of carbs and 13 grams of fiber. That’s 2 grams of net carbs.


See? Easy enough to radio home about. Greatest thing since sliced bread.


Want some awesome tricks on how to prepare that perfect low-carb bun? We got you. Check out our tips and tricks for Low Carb Bun Fun 101.


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2 Masood W, Annamaraju P, Uppaluri KR. Ketogenic Diet. [Updated 2022 Jun 11]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499830/
3 Ebbeling C B, Feldman H A, Klein G L, Wong J M W, Bielak L, Steltz S K et al. Effects of a low carbohydrate diet on energy expenditure during weight loss maintenance: randomized trial BMJ 2018; 363. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4264
4 Paoli, A., Bosco, G., Camporesi, E. M., & Mangar, D. (2015). Ketosis, ketogenic diet and food intake control: a complex relationship. Frontiers in psychology, 6, 27. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00027
5 Bonnie J. Brehm, et al. A Randomized Trial Comparing a Very Low Carbohydrate Diet and a Calorie-Restricted Low Fat Diet on Body Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Healthy Women, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 88, Issue 4, 1 April 2003, Pages 1617–1623. https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2002-021480
6 Masino SA, Ruskin DN. Ketogenic diets and pain. J Child Neurol. 2013 Aug;28(8):993-1001. https://doi.org/10.1177/0883073813487595
7 Ota, M., Matsuo, J., Ishida, I. et al. Effect of a ketogenic meal on cognitive function in elderly adults: potential for cognitive enhancement. Psychopharmacology 233, 3797–3802 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-016-4414-7